McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga. © Bay of Plenty NZ

McLaren Falls Park: full of family fun


McLaren Falls Park is a 190-hectare swathe of lakeside parkland on the outskirts of Tauranga, that’s brimming with activities. 

Take the popular waterfall track to spot glowworms in the evening, pack a picnic to enjoy by the tranquil water, try a game of disc golf on the 18-hole course, or fish for trout year-round in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal if you have a licence.

There are campsites if you want to linger in the park longer, with free barbecues and even a designated area to bring horses for the equine-inclined.  

Plus, inside McLaren Falls Park you’ll also find the charming Marshalls Animal Park, with a collection of unusual farm animals that kids can feed and play with – from emus and ostriches to Texas Longhorns, Clydesdales and kunekune pigs. 

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